The league’s willingness to hold the draft outside of the Big Apple inspired the Chiefs to pursue hosting the event, so much so that the team is sending a delegation to Philadelphia to understand the draft’s logistics.
“We’ll have representatives there to look at how they do it, to make sure the league knows we’re serious and we are serious about learning and making it a great experience,” Donovan said. “We’ve been open and consistent in our communication with the league that the draft is something we definitely want to pursue, so I think we’re well-positioned there.”
After making the New Orleans Saints’ final roster, Spiller was a healthy scratch Week 1 and subsequently cut days later. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks in late September, appearing in two games. He was released in late October. Spiller then signed with the New York Jets on Nov. 1. He lasted a little over a month with Gang Green, playing in four games before being waived on Dec. 6. In all, Spiller rushed for 18 total yards on six carries and caught six passes for 50 yards and a TD (5 for 43 yards with Seattle — 24 of which came on one play).
Since injury wiped out the end of his tenure in Buffalo in 2014, Spiller hasn’t been the same player that made him a first-round pick in 2010. Sapped of elusive speed, he compiled just 112 yards on 36 carries and 34 catches for 239 yards after being signed by the Saints in 2015. If Saints coach Sean Payton couldn’t coax production out of the satellite back, who can?
The exorbitant salary-cap hit by tagging Berry isn’t the only factor for the Chiefs to consider when making that decision. Dontari Poe is also set to be a free agent, leaving the team with a potential dilemma if they can’t get one signed before free agency.
The Chiefs also currently only have $4.7 million in cap space for 2017, per OverTheCap.com, which could lead to some tough decisions for the K.C. brass to make — the money issues are one reason many believe Jamaal Charles won’t be back next season, certainly not at his current salary.
Charles’ impending release, along with his comparable contemporary Adrian Peterson’s exit from Minnesota, signals a changing of the guard at the running back position. Once fantasy stalwarts, Charles and Peterson’s value significantly decreased over the last two seasons due to injury, so much so that their perennially contending employers have chosen to let them test the market instead of pay them through the nose.
He should find multiple suitors in free agency, those who are not desperate enough to pay the top dollar that Peterson merits, but willing to take a flyer on an affordable future Hall of Famer with a few years left on his legs.
Hill has put this team over the top. His 95-yard punt return touchdown against the Chargers made this the fourth straight game in which he scored a touchdown over 60 yards. He’s the first player to do that since the Chiefs’ Dante Hall in 2003, not coincidentally the last year this organization had a bye.
Anyone looking for reasons why the 2016 Chiefs can go further than last year’s team, which lost in the Divisional Round to New England, should start with Hill.
Sunday night was an incredibly good time for the Kansas City Chiefs. They trounced their AFC West rival in front of a nationally televised audience on Christmas. They clinched a playoff berth before that 33-10 win over the Denver Broncos actually ever kicked off. They also unveiled something that will be critical to any success they hope to enjoy now that they’ve punched their ticket to the postseason: an offense that might have enough juice to get them where they hope to go.
This year’s Chiefs have excelled at finding different ways to win games. What they haven’t done often is what they did against a defense as elite as Denver’s. The Chiefs ran the ball for 238 yards. They threw it for another 246. The big plays were there as well, as rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill produced a 70-yard touchdown run and tight end Travis Kelce scored on an 80-yard pass play.